Pakistan shunned Ajmal Kasab hanging letter: Govt
"The President rejected the mercy petition on November 5. I signed it on November 7 and on November 8, the Maharashtra government had been communicated to take action. It was decided that he would be executed on November 21 at 7.30 AM.
and accordingly the whole process has been completed today," Shinde said, adding secrecy about the hanging was key.
In a brief official statement, the Home Ministry said the petition for clemency filed by condemned prisoner Mohammed Ajmal Mohammed Amir Kasab was rejected by the President on November 5. The sentence was executed today at 7.30 a.m. At Yeravada Central Prison, Yeravada, Pune, it said.
Shinde said there were 10 attackers of whom one—Kasab-- was captured while nine others were killed during the three day crisis in November 2008.
"There was a through probe and court proceedings and after that a mercy petition was filed before the President," he said.
Asked how today's date was fixed for Kasab's hanging, Shinde said it was decided by the court earlier and that was mentioned in Kasab's file and the Home Ministry has confirmed it.
When asked whether the UPA government was trying to get political mileage through Kasab's hanging, Shinde said, "There is no question of mileage-taking. It was already decided."
The Home Minister refused to say anything on when a decision on Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru would be taken as his mercy petition was